Tribute Letter from Andrew
Dear Ms. Sara Karloff,
My name is Andrew Santagato. I'm 29 years old. I live inToronto, Canada
with my wife Kim, and 2 children, Dawson and Hannah.
I am currently studying to be a "Make-Up Effects Artist".
I'm taking Dick Smith's "Advanced Make-Up Course". Dick is
the make-up man behind such great movies as "The Godfather Parts
I & II", "The Exorcist", "Taxi Driver"
and many, many more.
I haven't done a lot of sculpting yet. I'm just getting into it. But
one of the first things that I attempted to sculpt was your father as
the Frankenstein "Monster". I was pretty impressed with myself,
being a beginner to sculpting. I started this around the beginning of
last September. I used a bunch of reference photos from 1931. It took
about 3 weeks to complete. A few hours every night after work. After
finishing, I made a duplicate of it in plaster, which I painted silver
to give it the "Silver Screen" look. I threw in a few pictures
of that as well. You'll also see a wall mount of Lon Chaney Sr. as the
"Phantom" in one of the pic's. I also did that one awhile
I just wanted to send you some pictures of it, along with this letter
to tell you that I am a BIG fan of your dad and his work. To say that
I am a "Classic Movie Monsters" fan is an understatement.
Growing up, watching these movies, was what inspired me to want to get
involved with make-up and make-up effects. It was while I was looking
for information on your father and his work on the internet, that I
found the "Official Website". What an amazing site! I found
out more about your father than I had ever previously known. The section
that shows artwork from various fans and artists is nothing short of
breathtaking. And the tribute letters just go to show that your dad
has a great folowing of fans from EVERY generation. I'M LIVING PROOF!!
For Christmas, I received the DVD "Heroes of Horror". My wife
and I watched it last week, and I have to tell you, your father's biography
was just amazing to watch. Man! What a great life story. I respect the
fact that he was able to keep his privacy, and seemed to be a very humble
person. And I think that it's great that in real-life, he was the complete
opposite of the characters that he played in many of his movies. As
Carol Burnett said in his biography; "He was a gentleman; a very
Gentle Man". I only wish that I could have met him. It would have
been an honor.
Thank-you so much for sharing your father's life with his fans, and
for keeping his memory alive with his site. It means a lot to us.